Category: Health & Safety

Finally Some Justice in Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy

Posted by BCTGM - December 3, 2015 - Health & Safety

More than five years after 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va., justice was finally served as former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was found criminally guilty for a conspiracy to willfully violate the Mine Safety and Health Act. While the tragedy was the largest […]

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Silica Regulations Would Save Hundreds of Worker Lives a Year

Posted by BCTGM - September 7, 2015 - Health & Safety, News for Stewards, OSHA

Obama may join other presidents who have tried and failed to contain industrial dust. OSHA was supposed to finish reviewing public comment on its proposed rule in June. “If OSHA is unable to get out a rule on silica, something with such strong scientific evidence and completely feasible controls, then we can pretty much eliminate […]

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What We’re Reading: Slow-Motion Tragedy for American Workers

Posted by BCTGM - June 30, 2015 - Health & Safety, OSHA News Center-for-Public-Integrity-v8

America’s system for preventing worker illnesses and deaths from chemicals, fumes and dust is so broken that OSHA warns companies not to rely on its legal exposure limits to protect employees. The Center for Public Integrity has produced a new series of investigative reports on occupational health hazards and the failure of the government to […]

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New OSHA Report Examines the Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job

Posted by BCTGM - March 13, 2015 - Health & Safety, OSHA News

The financial and social impacts of workplace injuries are huge, with workers and their families and taxpayer-supported programs paying most of the costs. Read the full OSHA Report:  Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job How has the cost of a workplace injury affected you?  Share your story […]

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New Study Points to Significant Underreporting of Injuries to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Posted by BCTGM - August 30, 2014 - Health & Safety, News for Stewards, OSHA News

According to a recently published study, as many as 90 percent of the employers participating in the annual U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) do not comply with OSHA recordkeeping regulations, resulting in underreporting of work-related injuries and illnesses by 38 percent of the surveyed employers Thomas A. […]

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